Relationships end. People change. But that’s in real life, not in the movies. As cliché as they can be, the best romantic comedies make viewers believe that everlasting love is real – at least until the credits roll. Unfortunately, there are a lot of couples in romantic comedies who wouldn't stay together if they existed in real life. Doomed rom-com relationships are built on tenuous ground; their films often feature gaping plot holes and awful behavior that's glossed over in the name of moving the plot along. If you want to make your romance work, take a look at these bad movie relationships and learn what not to do.
Horrible couples in movies don’t just populate the worst romantic comedies. Some of them appear in truly delightful films. It’s just that they act like monsters. They lie. They cheat. They refuse to be held accountable for their actions, and they learn nothing from their zany journeys. Don’t feel sad for these rom-com couples who probably broke up – it was for the best.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a veritable smorgasbord of pop culture references. It's a visual treat for the eyes about the titular Scott Pilgrim fighting the evil exes of Ramona Flowers so they can date. But throughout the film, Scott is awful. He immediately begins hooking up with Ramona after he meets her, cheating on his high school girlfriend Knives Chao in the process. While fighting Ramona's evil exes, he gets upset that she's dated so many people, essentially slut shaming her. Things come through in the end when Scott defeats the exes before going off hand in hand with Ramona.
It's clear from everything in the film that Scott isn't ready for a long term adult relationship. But he's not the only person at fault. Ramona's still figuring herself out. She had to escape New York City to get away from her last boyfriend, and it seems like that relationship just ended. Scott and Ramona owe it to themselves to take a break and see who they are alone before they proceed together.
If you've seen The Bachelor, then you've witnessed a truly horrific onscreen romance. The thrust of the film is that Jimmie needs to get married by 6:05 PM on his 30th birthday or he'll lose out on a $100 million fortune. That shouldn't be a big deal because he's been dating Anne for three years, but instead of sincerely proposing he does the whole thing as a goof, explaining the money situation. This understandably turns Anne off. What does Jimmie do? He asks all his ex-girlfriends if they want a piece of the action, and he's turned down by all of them but one, a woman who bails on Jimmie as soon as she realizes that they have to have kids and stay together for 10 years. Anne decides to give Jimmie another shot, and after some bride shenanigans the two are married.
There's no way these two are staying together. Once Anne finds out that she only has to stay in the marriage for 10 years before leaving with half of the fortune, she's going to to bide her time until she can do just that. And who could blame her? Jimmie is so disgusting and money hungry that he's willing to marry anyone who may have liked him at one point.
Throughout That Awkward Moment, Jason pushes for his core group of bros to stay single. He takes part in casual sex wth swaths of women across New York City until he suddenly finds himself in a relationship with Ellie, an author. He keeps his relationship with Ellie a secret, and even goes so far as to skip her father's funeral lest it them look like they're in a monogamous relationship. After that horrible move, Jason manages to weasel his way back into Ellie's life via rom-com tactics.
The film essentially posits that only men are people, and that women solely exist to play into a man's whims. Of course Ellie goes back to Jason – how could she not? Ellie doesn't exist to Jason until he wants her to exist, and there's no way a relationship can thrive in those conditions.
If any film needs a diagram to understand the myriad lies told by various characters, it's this one. There's the base lie where John and Jeremy pretend to be friends of the family in order to meet Claire and Gloria. Gloria is actually lying to Jeremy to seem more chaste, and Claire's fiance is lying to her about being in love.
John has spent years weaving tales to women in order to convince them to sleep with him, so why does Claire believe that he loves her after his Hail Mary speech in front of a congregation? Could it be that she's lying to herself? It's impossible to imagine any scenario that doesn't involve John and Claire in a screaming fit after something about his previous life slips out in casual conversation.